Feminisation of labour

The feminisation of labour refers to the increased participation of females in the workforce, as women are seen as a cheaper and more flexible workforce, who are more likely to accept low wages, poor working conditions, and are also less likely to get involved in unionisation or speak out against their working conditions. This allows corporations to minimise labour costs, increasing profits without disruption.

It also refers to the feminisation of jobs traditionally for men, with jobs becoming increasingly irregular, forced labour, workers willing to work for low wages, and low skill jobs, resembling jobs that were often given to women. 

Refs

Hale, A., 1996. The deregulated global economy: women workers and strategies of resistance. Gender & Development, 4(3), pp.8-15. (can send this to ppl)

Standing, G. (1989) Global Feminization Through Flexible Labour, World Development, 17(7), pp. 1077-1095. (can send this to ppl too)

 

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